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The B-17 civil sister: Boeing 307 Stratoliner

In the first post-war decades, the name Boeing was to become synonymous with the rapidly developing cosmos of civil passenger aviation. Epoch-making designs such as the Boeing 707 revolutionised both the market and aviation technology. At the en[...]

An all-metal canvas: B-24J Liberator “Dragon and hisTail”, 43rd BG, 64th BS

When talking about the US aviation industry, it is difficult to avoid superlative formulations. The B-24 Liberator is a fine example: with an impressive 18,482 aircraft built, it can claim to be the most-built aircraft type in US history. Along [...]

Messerschmitt, Battle of Britain… so everything as usual- or not? Bf 108 of I. JG 54 /summer 1940

As soon as the terms "Messerschmitt" and "Battle of Britain" are mentioned together, then in most cases one type of aircraft is the subject of discussion: the Bf 109E. As the only single-engined fighter on the German side against the British Spi[...]

Little known, but impressive: Reggiane R.2005 Sagittario

As efficient and highly advanced as the Italian aviation industry of the 1930s appeared to be, it was not possible to produce powerful in-line engines. When the war broke out, at the latest, the industry had to admit that it had lost ground in t[...]

Bored at the “phoney war”? A very special Bf 108 Taifun!

As fascinating as the Bf 108 Taifun is as an aircraft, the motivation to build this model this time clearly came from the paint scheme. As soon as I saw this special Taifun, I knew which of the five marking variants of the Eduard Profipack I wan[...]

A Bf 108 over Africa- and this without the Afrikakorps! D-IBMY on the podium of the 1937 oasis flight

An aircraft as iconic as the Bf 108 is matched by an equally iconic colour scheme: the blue "RLM 24" and the classic forms of Messerschmitt's groundbreaking first all-metal aircraft form a combination that is still memorable today and thus has a[...]

“Big Brother is watching” or: a Bf 108 Taifun as birthday present for my dear brother

A first look at the present depiction of a Bf 08 Taifun will quickly make the expert frown, because neither the identification on the fuselage nor those on the wings seem to make sense or should even be brought into line with a real example. Thi[...]

Darth Vader to spoil the day: Incom T-65B X-Wing

To write something new about the Incom T-65 X-Wing would probably mean carrying Dactillions to Galactic City, because one thing can be said for sure: the X-Wing has not only proven to be one of the most successful space fighter concepts ever con[...]

Willy Messerschmitt becomes supersonic: the Helwan Ha 300

The world after 1945 was marked by the formation of blocs, in the course of which East and West strove in many different ways to integrate states and governments into their ranks. This also meant generous deliveries of weapons, which deepened th[...]

From “Panic Fighter” to Smokey Joe”: CA-13 Boomerang from Special Hobby.

Probably many people will recognize themselves when I describe the reasons for my interest in model aircraft construction as follows: the fascination of flying meets (technical) history and stories, combines with historical biographies and fates[...]